mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bomber from Bottle Bin. Somewhat sweet and malty nose. Roasty with some grainy qualities. Decent hop character and a bit of alcohol. Matliness and some dark fruit dominate. My bottle was 8.5% ABV. jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2009
From a cask poured a ruby amber color with a small head. Nice hoppy malty flavor with a lasting finish. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Tap @ Hamilton’s. Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with a very small beige ring. Faint nose of pine, resin, and a touch of caramel malt. Flavor was much of the same with a bit more of a piny kick on the finish. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #22. Dark amber/copper in color, the head is beige with a little lacing. Sweet caramel aroma with a bit of plum, not picking up any hops. Nice hop bite up front that melds with the sweet malts very nicely. Tasty stuff. (2061) Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2012
A clear res/brown colored beer, with a thick beige head. The aroma of red fruits, berries, with some hop. the taste is fruity, bitter hops and soem spices. the aftertaste is sweet with bitter.
jonno (2761) - JAPAN - AUG 12, 2012
Some people were going gaga over this, nut i found it a plain, if oddly rewarding easy drinking big beer. No great projection of flavour - some burnt sugar, sticky toffee and a moderate to heavy bitter finish. Nothing really distinct, but enjoyable all the same. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
22oz bottle, no date. $8.99 at Beverages 4 Less in Santee. Also, my bottle states that this beer is now 8.5%. Clear orange brown with a 1/2 finger beige head, creamy with fair retention. Pleasantly fruity sweet aroma that consists of plenty of caramel malt and almond, very light vanilla, and moderate tropical fruity hops. The flavor follows suit, which, for me is a nice surprise. Usualy it seems beers in this style go for brash and aggressive, but this was pretty easy drinking--no ridiculous hop bitterness or over the top scorched caramel toffee sweetness that I come to expect from this "style." The tropical fruit hops are still there, but more or less just complementing the caramel malts. Definitely sweet, but not too sweet. Semi-dry finish, light alcohol noted, with bitterness peaking at a 3. Low carbonation with a medium full body. Nothing crazy exciting, but still was enjoyable. Reminded me of New Glarus’ Alt beer from a few years back, at least with the sweetness and the almond notes. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Sample taster at freddys. Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights and a medium beige head. The aroma was soft with caramel, toffee, and some C-hops. The flavor was more of the same, good complex caramel character offset expertly with fruity c-hops. The palate was full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finished long and dry. Overall: I was impressed. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Pours with a deep amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a note of sherry, light butterscotch and a very subtle bitterness. Full bodied and smooth. SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from Bev 4 Less: Created a firm layer of foamy head up top while a dark brass/copper color filled my pint glass. As for the aroma, a deep profile of caramel malts fill the nose and mask the alcohol content completely, but I’m unable to pick up on any scents of hops. The flavor is dominated by the sweet and sticky caramel malts that drive this recipe and really juice the Red Trolley beer into becoming an Imperial Red ale. I definitely enjoy the alcohol presence in this beer but the drink is a little too sharp for my taste.